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WHAT IS BETTER FOR A SPINNING COMBO IF YOU COULDN'T HAVE BOTH WHAT WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE PERFECTLY BALANCED

OR LIGHT WEIGHT ? (spinning only please)

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Balance. IMHO, there is way too much emphasis put on lightness.

Nothin' to talk about...Balance is everything!

8-)

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As a rod builder....

Lightweight and balanced slightly tip heavy to aid in casting accuracy..

Tight Lines!!!

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(spinning only please)

Since you said spinning only, I will take the lightweight combo in this scenario....  here's why.  It's very uncommon to see a balanced spinning rig... it's even tough to build a rod that will balance it, unless you add weights to the rod butt.  Given that we are all used to fishing with unbalanced spinning rigs, I'll stick with light.  It will be light and a little tip heavy, which is what most people actually request.  

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I know that you can balance it yourself but you are adding weight to do that ,so aren't you contradicting yourself ? i'm not trying to be a wise a$$ i'm just asking.

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I'd have to say lightweight too, as I have yet to have or use a perfectly balanced spinning rig.  All of mine are tip heavy to some degree, some more than others.  Just a little tip heavy is preferable as it helps me load the rod when casting light lures.

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Are you talking "balance" as in matching reel SIZE to rod length/ action, or "balance" as in tip/butt heavy? For me, my crank/spinbait rods are tip heavy, my dropshot rig is "balanced", and my jig/worm rods are butt heavy.

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balanced perfectly neutral in the center of the reel mount.

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My spinning combo weights less than my baitcasters,i favor the spinning combo right now....so it's light weight for me.

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When I cast I put my pinky finger behind the reel foot and hold the rod with it there, and my ring, middle, and index fingers are in front of the foot, and in that position my rods are a little tip heavy which helps me to cast with them.

Then after I make the cast I put my pinky finger back in front of the reel foot again so that all 4 fingers are gripping the front grip of the rod. That's most comfortable for me to fish my lure I just casted, and in that position the rod is now balanced and depending on how far forward I hold it, it can be just a bit butt heavy, depends on the lure I'm using how I hold it. For this way of using them to work the front grip must be as long as the width of my hand, which is about 3 inches, so that lets out a lot of rods for me to be able to use that have smaller foregrips such as the Shimano Clarus, Convergence, and others.  They're not large enough.

So overall, I'd have to say balanced with a little tip heavy in them.  

That's the way I pair my rods and reels when I buy them. If they don't fit that to a T then I don't buy them. Overall weight doesn't really concern me much unless it's noticably uncomfortable as I hold it. But I do always match reel size to rod length and bottom line guide size also. That stripper guide has to be large enough for my thumb to fit through it or I don't buy it either. Helps with cast distance I believe. Larger size allows for line to pay off the reel faster and not have so much slap inside that line guide while spinning through it.

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